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Conversation Center

A Center supporting Informal and Intercultural Communication Skills

By Undergrads, For Undergrads

(& Grads & Faculty & Staff)

Through programming such as the Intercultural Social Hour (ISH) and our Conversation Pairing Program (CPP), undergraduate students build confidence and cultural fluency with the English language and other cultures by engaging in informal, “low-stakes” verbal interactions. In the CPP, our primary program, undergrads staff Weekly One-on One Conversations through our service-learning course RHET 2090: Conversation Practicum (available to Confident English-Speaking International Students).

How to Make a CPP Appointment

Click the "Make an Appointment" button at the top right of this page (make sure Conversation Center is chosen from the drop-down menu. Appointments are generally held with the same conversation partner every week at the same time for 10 weeks in the Fall and Spring, and during the 8-week session in the Summer. You may reserve a maximum of 2 1/2 hours each week (either 1/2-hour or hour). Appointments are reserved on-line on a first-come, first-served basis.

Booking Appointment Instructions PDF

Booking Repeating Appointment Instructions

Find Your Appointment

Locations are listed for each conversation partner, and most Fall 2018 Appointments will meet in the Main Library Cafe in the chairs next to  Group C (M-F 9pm-7:30pm). Additional meetings happen M-W 1-7:30pm in the Pomerantz Business Library (in PBB) near the Service Desk and the steps on the 3rd floor. 

Main Library Conversation Center Map

 

 

Questions?

Conversation-Center@uiowa.edu

Or Benjamin Hassman, Director: benjamin-hassman@uiowa.edu